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Released 5/14/14 by Universal/Rex; Director: Allan Dwan; Screenplay: George Cooper; 2 reels

CAST: Pauline Bush (Amy Tate), George Cooper (George Tate), William C. Dowlan (Neut Haigh), Lon Chaney (The Cross Blood), William Lloyd (Ol' Tate), Murdock MacQuarrie (The Revenue Man)

SYNOPSIS: George Tate is the leader of a band of moonshiners, but he is a good man, possessing the qualities that heroes are made of. His father had been murdered by a half-breed and his sister Amy was assaulted by the same man. One day, the half-breed led revenue officers to their secret hideout and a battle began. Tate and Haigh, who both loved Amy, battled along side her until they were trapped. Realizing that Amy and Haigh were lovers, he let them escape through a trap door and sacrificed himself to give them time to get away.

"This is another of many moonshine stories which is filled with melodrama from start to finish, murder and assault predominate with the shadow of the law overhanging all. There is a theme of love introduced which somewhat softens the ragged edges of the plot, and the sacrifice made by the hero is somewhat redeeming." --Moving Picture World

"Undoubtedly one of the best pictures the Universal has made. The company, Pauline Bush, George Cooper, Lon Chaney, Murdock MacQuarrie and William C. Dowlan play admirably together. The story is of the moonshiners and their war on the revenue men, yet it is different from the thousand or so others of this class." ---Motion Picture News

© 1996 Jon C. Mirsalis

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